By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
Published: 07:45 BST, 24 June 2019 | Updated: 09:47 BST, 24 June 2019
There is 'absolutely no evidence' that Russia influenced the EU referendum result using Facebook and those who claim otherwise are indulging in a conspiracy theory, the tech giant's vice-president Sir Nick Clegg has said.
The former deputy prime minister, who started working for the company last October, also dismissed claims that Cambridge Analytica swayed people's decision to vote Leave in 2016.
Up to 87 million people are believed to have had their data harvested by the political consultancy via a personality quiz app.
Sir Nick told the BBC that Facebook had carried out analyses of its data and found no 'significant attempt' by outside forces to influence the referendum result.
He said: 'I'd accept we need to act but there is absolutely no evidence that it happened in the Brexit referendum.
'We ran two full analyses of all the data we had in the run up to the Brexit referendum, we shared all of this information with the select committee in Westminster and elsewhere.
'We have found no evidence of a significant attempt by outside forces.'
Sir Nick Clegg, pictured at The Times CEO summit earlier this month, joined Facebook last October after quitting frontline politics
Sir Nick said he had 'heard it claimed' that Facebook data had been used by Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 EU referendum.
'In fact the watchdog, the UK watchdog, which has the data, we don't, we can't